Last month, we had a very exciting sighting of lion in the area. Due to heavy poaching a number of years ago on these great cats, there are very few left in Malawi. What was extremely encouraging this month were the ongoing sounds of lion roaring, heard from the area the last lion was spotted in. Guides believe that it is the sound of not one but two lion. Hopefully December and the New Year will bring more sightings of Liwonde's lion.
Wilderness Safaris has organised a boat driver's license course for 21 members of staff. All of Mvuu's safari guides, some managers, and other staff members who ferry staff across the Shire River will become qualified boat drivers. The three-week course is designed to provide professional training to enhance the skills and knowledge the boat drivers already have.
Children in the Wilderness Programme
Mvuu Camp hosted 28 children from the villages around Liwonde National Park for the latest Children in the Wilderness camp. The team made it possible for the invited children to arrive at the camp despite the bad conditions of some roads due to the rains. Children from the East Nafyulu Gate had to be escorted in on tractor as the roads were impassable for our vehicles!
Although some of roads were not roadworthy, this did not stop us using other roads and taking the children out on very successful game drives. Other activities included walking safaris, night drives and boat trips. A very special sighting was that of a black rhino just outside camp. Elephant, hippo, hyaena, impala and waterbuck were all in abundance. The guides made sure to also point out birds, trees and flowers. All of this is done to develop the children's love of nature and conservation.
Our aim is send the children home with a better education and attitude towards wildlife and conservation and to get them excited about potential careers in the field as well as become environmental leaders who are inspired to care for their natural heritage.
The children had a chance to mix with and interview those who have made a career in wildlife and in other professions including doctors, nurses, managers, guides, chefs and accountants to name a few. We also encourage the children to go to school and develop their skills.
Before the children left they each left a hand print on the wall at the Kids Playground to mark their visit. All in all, it was a very successful camp and the children had a fabulous time.